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Kids Who See Guns in Movies May Be More Apt to Play With Firearms

Kids Who See Guns in Movies May Be More Apt to Play With Firearms

Watching movie characters use guns may not necessarily make kids more likely to pick up a weapon themselves, but it may mean children who play with guns are more apt to fire them, a new report from JAMA Pediatrics suggests. “Keep in mind that kids have plenty of exposure to guns in many other settings, TV news, other movies, social media streams etc., plus they have an innate interest in them, so it is NOT surprising that they all handled them,” said Dr. Dimitri Christakis, author of an accompanying editorial and researcher at the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

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